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Morality and Rational Choice : THEORY AND DECISION LIBRARY SERIES A, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - J. Baron

Morality and Rational Choice

THEORY AND DECISION LIBRARY SERIES A, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

By: J. Baron

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780792322764
Number Of Pages: 208

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This book develops and defends a version of utilitarianism, including expected-utility theory, as a normative model of decision making. The defense, based on the idea of utility as achievement of goals, considers the endorsement of a norm as a decision and asks what reasons we have to endorse norms for decision making. The reasons derive from our pre-existing goals, so any norm we endorse must not fly in the face of these goals, although it must not be selfishly biased, either. This approach is further clarified by drawing distinctions between decisions for the self, for a single other person, for several others, and for the self and others. The book discusses the implications of this argument for the psychological study of decision making, the act--omission distinction, moral education, decision analysis, risk analysis, and other questions of public policy. The final chapter sketches a prescriptive approach to group decision making.

Introductionp. 1
Morality and decision makingp. 15
The nature of goalsp. 31
Expected utility theoryp. 49
Decisions for othersp. 75
Self-other conflictp. 87
Acts and omissionsp. 99
Utilitarian educationp. 121
Decision analysis and public policyp. 139
Equity in social policy and liabilityp. 151
The risk analysis debatep. 167
Social decisionsp. 179
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 204
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ISBN: 9780792322764
ISBN-10: 0792322762
Series: THEORY AND DECISION LIBRARY SERIES A, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52

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